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WALES (in front of chesterfield). She's the most remarkable woman I have
ever known.
(EnterBUTLERfrom doorL.,coming well on stage).
BUTLER. Madame la Grange.
(EnterMADAME ROSALIE LA GRANGE.She is a woman of about fifty.
She speaks with a marked French accent.)
ROSALIE. Good evening everybody. (The men all rise.)
MRS. CROSBY. How do you do, Madame la Grange?
ROSALIE. I am well, I thank you, madame.
MRS. CROSBY. Do come in.
ROSALIE. Thank you, madame. (She sees WALES L.C., and goes to him.)
Good evening, Mister Wales. It was kind of you to send the motor-car for
me.
WALES. We wanted you to be comfortable.
ROSALIE. And I was. (She laughs and turns to MRS. CROSBY R.C.) Do
you know, madame, when the gentleman in uniform come for me, I thought
at first it was a policeman.
MRS. CROSBY. I hope you weren't frightened.
(The positions now are: ROSALIE C., CROSBY R. end of chesterfield C.
MRS. TRENT and STANDISH have moved down L. TRENT comes to L. of
arm-chair. Miss ERSKINE seated on chesterfield up C. MRS. CROSBY at
table R. WALES L.C. and MASON L.C.)
ROSALIE. Oh, no, madame. I should like to see the policeman that could
frighten me. They are nice boys, the policemen.
MISS EASTWOOD (on the R. side of ROSALIE). Mr. Wales tells us you
are wonderful.
ROSALIE. All women are.
MISS EASTWOOD (with a meaning glance at the others). So you tell
fortunes?
ROSALIE. No, mademoiselle, I do not. I get messages from those of us that
'ave passed on. I do not 'old at all with the cards nor tea-leaves nor any of
those tricks.
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